Saturday, December 3, 2016

Sticky Saturday: Pasta Wreaths

Sticky Saturday: messy play fun with kids

This week we made pasta wreaths.
I can't tell you how much of a pain it was painting all that pasta; a whole packet, stirred in a bowl with a lot of green paint. I added a little cold water to get it moving into the gaps better and then painstakingly dried in all on multiple trays in the oven on a very low heat.
Then I cut the middles and the edges off at least 30 paper plates, punched holes in the tops and cut up some ribbon.
I just hope everyone's pasta stayed on once they were dry because mine took a fair amount of PVA before it would consider staying in place.

I loved the kids versions, there were ribbons everywhere :)

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Sensory Saturday: Christmas Decorations Box

Sensory Saturday: Exploring the world with little fat fingers.

Since they were coming out now anyway, I thought we'd have a good old mooch though the decorations boxes.
Straight off, Zander was a big fan of the tinsel. 

We also found some colour changing light up thingies; a snowflake and a little tree. He mostly tried to eat the part with the battery so they didn't stay for long.

We also had a giant bowl full of cinnamon sticks, pine cones and dried oranges. They smelt yummy but Zander didn't think they felt very nice.

Apparently, tinsel makes a great noise if you shake it.

We also tried on lots of festive hats. He didn't like this one very much and when I tried to take a photo of him wearing a cute penguin hat he made it very clear he just needed a hug now thank you please.
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Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Inspiration: Light up Scene in a Lamp



Friday Inspiration: a picture of anything that makes me want to get creative.
Screen shot from Pinterest.
Obviously, as a minature adoring person, this holds a lot of appeal. I would love to make something similar.

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Screen shot from pinterest.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

#tbt: Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Throw back Thursday: taking a look at stuff I've made in the past.

I made this for the boys in 2011 I think. It's a bit trashed now and a few of the pockets need re-making as the plastic has ripped with over-use, but it's absolutely perfect for us because you can get two chocolates or sweets in each pocket. I imagine next year it will have three in each...I'm sure Zander will finally be old enough for sugar filled foods by then.
This year's treats.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wreck it Wednesday: The 2 minute pages in 'Wreck This Journal' Part 2

Wreck it Wednesday: a page from one of my journals.

Quite a tidy handbag that day, not a receipt in sight!
 
Again with the cutting and sticking. Yay!

Yeah, I set fire to it. Risky much.
 
Veg prints with cucumber.
 
Thanks Henry.
 
Literal much.
 
Love my stationary supplies.
 
Added some of the boy's stickers to it afterwards.
 
Not left handed. At all.
 
My own negative comments - not something I usually give any credence to.
 
Some of them are rude...
 
'Dream Big'.
 
Ripped it out, floated it, taped it back in.

 
When asked by a 6 year old what the hell I was doing, he of course insisted on joining in.
 
Almost impossible for me to read.
 
Ripped page out, wrapped Bean's foot in it, taped it back in.
 
Smushed some playdoh into the page, which made the pages completely stick together when it had dried.
 
I obviously wasn't feeling flexible enough to do my own feet haha
  
About 'Wreck This Journal' by Keri Smith
(Description from Amazon)
It is book for those who've always wanted to draw outside the lines but were afraid to do it. For anyone who's ever wished to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes Wreck This Journal, an illustrated book featuring a subversive collection of suggestions, asking readers to muster up their best mistake - and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book (and destroy them).
Through a series of creatively and quirkily illustrated prompts, acclaimed artist Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in "destructive" acts - poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee, colouring outside the lines, and more - in order to experience the true creative process. With Keri Smith's unique sensibility, readers are introduced to a new way of art and journal making, discovering novel ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tempting Tuesday: Pear & Cardamom Tart

Tempting Tuesday: trying not to kill my family with my experimental cooking.



My love for a good frangipane inspired this recipe. Think I just love ground almonds, and therefore bake with them as much as possible.

Ingredients:
Pastry case
15 cardamom pods
100g butter
100g caster sugar
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of ½ lemon
3 eggs
100g ground almonds
35g flour
2 small pears


 Method:
Preheat oven to 180°C (170°C fan).
Crush cardamom pods with a pestle and mortar.
Remove the shells and grind down the seeds. Warning, this is painstaking.
Blend butter, sugar, lemon zest & cardamom seeds together. Add eggs, one at a time, then flour and ground almonds.
Pour the mixture into the pastry case. I made my own (I admit, I'm a bit of snob and have yet to buy a pre-made pastry case, but I kind of suck at making it still).
Peel and core both pears, slicing them into quarters. Score the tops, length-ways to make stripes.
Put pears into a small bowl with lemon juice and mix up so they are all covered in juice.
Arrange the pear pieces around the top of the tart. The original recipe had way more pears, but I couldn't squeeze them all on. It also had three pears which were to be left uncored, with the stalks still on (basically for show) which I was having none of. Can you imagine biting into that? Or at least having to faff with your pudding. No. Just no.
Bake for about 30 minutes, until the middle is almost firm.




Free printable recipe card.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday Inspiration: Harry Potter Wands

Friday Inspiration: a picture of anything that makes me want to get creative.
Ok, so I stole this image from a friend's facebook post, but I looooooove them and they look so easy (if not a little fiddly) to make. Watch this space...
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